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  • From: David Megginson <ak117@freenet.carleton.ca>
  • To: xml-dev Mailing List <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 15:07:48 -0500

I have put online a rough-and-ready version of Conrad's HEART OF
DARKNESS, with an XML 1.0 DTD and markup.  You can get at the document
through the following URL:


You may, of course, simply download the document and parse it on your
local system; however, if you happen to have an active Internet
connection, it's much more interesting (and much more in line with the
XML philosophy) to parse the document directory from its source URL:


For example, with Ælfred (http://www.microstar.com/XML/), you would

  java EventDemo http://home.sprynet.com/sprynet/dmeggins/texts/darkness/darkness.xml

and watch the events roll down your screen.  I have not tried this yet
with other XML parsers like Lark or MSXML.

For a _really_ fun test in the future, I might put different chapters
of the book on different Internet hosts (you could still parse it
through a single top-level URL).  This is where XML can be exciting
for managing distributed information.

All the best,


David Megginson                 ak117@freenet.carleton.ca
Microstar Software Ltd.         dmeggins@microstar.com

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